Amelanchier laevis R.J. Hilton
Amelanchier laevis ‘R.J. Hilton’, commonly known as Smooth Serviceberry ‘R.J. Hilton,’ is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is prized for its ornamental qualities. It belongs to the Rosaceae family and is native to North America.
The green leaves of Amelanchier laevis R.J. Hilton take on a coppery tint in spring and turn vibrant shades of orange and red in autumn, providing a stunning display of colours.
In the spring, ‘R.J. Hilton’ produces delicate white blossoms in clusters, creating a profusion of small, star-shaped flowers. These blooms are not only beautiful but also attract pollinators like bees. After flowering, the tree produces small, edible berry-like fruits that start red and gradually turn dark purple to black when ripe. These fruits are not only a treat for wildlife but can also be used in jams and pies.
It is a popular choice in landscaping due to its appealing spring flowers, vibrant autumn foliage, and attractive berries. It can be used as a specimen plant, in hedges, or naturalized in a mixed border.
Overall, ‘R.J. Hilton’ is a visually appealing and ecologically valuable plant that adds beauty and interest to gardens while also supporting local wildlife through its flowers and fruits.
Name: Amelanchier laevis ‘R.J. Hilton’
Approx. Height and spread: 2.5-4M x 2.5-4M
Position: Sun – part shade
Soil Ph: Acid, Neutral
Moisture: Well-drained soil. Moist, but well-drained soil.
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